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Terri's Run for a Cure
Sep 25, 2013

If you've been in touch with me in recent years, you’re almost certainly aware that I’ve become somewhat of a marathon junkie. I’m not a natural at running (or any other sport), and will never be particularly fast. But I’ve discovered a passion for distance running that has dumbfounded both me, and friends and family who knew me as someone who used to drive two blocks to get a carton of milk. I’ve loved exploring trails with my running friends, pushing our limits through swampy D.C. summers and frigid winters. I’ve never had any serious running injuries, other than a stress fracture years ago when I trained for my first marathon. Perhaps for that reason, I had come to secretly think of myself as invincible, and envisioned myself running marathons well into my 70s. But I’m not invincible. Nobody is.

In May 2013, I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), one of the most common forms of adult leukemia. My internist suspected it when I had elevated white blood cell (WBC) counts several months apart, but wasn’t sick. When the diagnosis was confirmed, I was shocked and had trouble getting my head around it. I couldn’t reconcile a blood cancer diagnosis with the extremely active lifestyle that has become routine for me. But fortunately, my CLL is at an early stage, and thus far seems to be moving glacially. The standard of care for now is “watch and wait” (or “watch and worry,” as many CLL patients term it!). My oncologist has assured me that I need not make any lifestyle changes, and she stuck to that, even after I told her my lifestyle consists of running 8 marathons or ultras a year. But I know that someday, CLL could become an issue for me, and when that day comes, I want to have as many treatment options as possible.

That’s why I’ve decided to run the D.C. Rock and Roll marathon in March 2014 through Team in Training, as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Over the past 24 years, Team in Training has raised $1.3 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services, helping to advance new treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Still, there’s no cure for CLL or other blood cancers. I know that many of you regularly donate to worthy charitable causes, and you can’t respond to every fundraising request. But even a contribution of $10 will help me reach my fundraising goal.

Finally, if this is the first time you’re hearing about my CLL, sorry to zap that on you. I wouldn’t have gone “public” in this way, if I didn’t feel it was so right for me, as a marathon runner and CLL patient, to commit to a Team in Training run. Rest assured, I fully expect to be around for a long time, and to someday bore my grandchildren with long-winded stories about all the crazy races I did in my “youth.” Go Team!


Supporter Comments

    "Terri, you are, in a word, remarkable! Your news came as a complete shock because you certainly aren't acting like someone diagnosed with leukemia. And I know you're supporting your mom in her cancer resurgence. Yep, you are one special person, Coach Terri. Thank God for the early diagnosis and its progression is of the glacially slow variety. Good luck with your fundraising! Hope to see you at Shamrock! :-D XO, BJ"

    BJ Freeman

    Fri Nov 29 09:19:19 EST 2013

    "Go get 'em, Terri!"

    KC Kleinman

    Fri Nov 29 10:57:09 EST 2013

    "I know you've got the the first 26 miles down...I'll be with you for that last .2 ;-) toby"

    Toby Mcginn

    Fri Nov 29 05:45:11 EST 2013

    "Keep up your joyful running and travelling, Terri! "

    Jane Tarrant

    Fri Nov 29 08:16:58 EST 2013

    "Terri, We're so sorry about your diagnosis. You are truly amazing with all you are going through with your mom and now you. Keep running! Those endorphins really help with everything (as you already know). It's addictive. Sending love and support. David and Suzi"

    Suzi and David

    Fri Nov 29 10:47:55 EST 2013

    "Love you cous!"

    Charly levy

    Sat Nov 30 03:00:11 EST 2013

    "Terri, you never cease to inspire me! I know you will be an inspiration to everyone on your Team in Training."

    Alyssa Soumoff

    Sat Nov 30 04:56:38 EST 2013

    "you are truly an inspiration, terri- in fitness and in life! "

    kate deangelis

    Sat Nov 30 07:39:27 EST 2013

    "Warrior On Terri!!!!! Debbie and Don Shulman"

    Don andDebbie Shulman

    Sun Dec 01 06:09:01 EST 2013

    "Go Team!"

    Odile Helali

    Mon Dec 02 01:51:44 EST 2013

    "GO Terri Go... xo Franchi & Dad"


    Wed Dec 04 10:15:20 EST 2013

    "You are such a strong woman and I am so lucky to have you as a friend. Miss logging the miles with you! Shocked by your diagnosis, but I know that CLL doesn't stand a chance against you! "

    Charli Long

    Mon Dec 09 09:25:26 EST 2013

    "Terri: Keep up the good work! You are an amazing inspiration to all of us! Eileen O'Reilly"

    Eileen O'Reilly

    Fri Dec 27 09:54:31 EST 2013

    "This one for 2014"

    Daniel (the kid) Levy

    Sat Jan 04 03:35:18 EST 2014

    "Gosh, Terri. I just don't even know what to say.....Keep doin' what yer doin'! And, BEAT IT!"

    Karen Smith

    Sat Jan 04 03:29:00 EST 2014

    "Dear Terri: Joanne and I admire you in all ways -- keep running, Arthur"

    Arthur Rose and Joanne Sockle

    Sat Jan 18 10:11:37 EST 2014

    "Run like the wind and free yourself of any bad thoughts! 2014 will be YOUR year! Love, Howard"

    Howard Heit

    Sat Jan 18 11:21:14 EST 2014

    "Be well; you are loved, Patsy and Danny "

    Patricia Zendel

    Tue Jan 21 02:54:31 EST 2014

    "As I recall, your running career began when you started chasing Mike more than 10 years ago, yes? Good luck, kiddo. Love, Bridgid"

    bridgid dowdal

    Thu Jan 23 08:38:36 EST 2014

    "I've got a lot of money riding on this. You better win, or I'm coming after Scads. Good luck, and I'll tell Amy to stop pestering you."


    Fri Jan 24 11:38:26 EST 2014

    "Go Terri, but remember to save your legs for Sunday! :) "

    Dayna Harrison

    Mon Feb 24 03:33:19 EST 2014

    "Proud of you !! You'll ROCK !!"


    Thu Mar 13 05:31:00 EDT 2014

    "Terri, you're amazing!"

    Ann Rosenthal

    Thu Mar 13 09:39:04 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,328.22 | Goal: $2,600.20
128 %

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My Thanks To

Michael Scadron $205.60
Latif and Suad $200.00
Margaret Mahoney $100.00
Judith Macaluso $100.00
thomas lambert $100.00
Janet and Gregory $100.00
Sheila Delaney $100.00
JoAnn Bordeaux $100.00
bridgid dowdal $100.00
Patricia Zendel $100.00
Howard Heit $100.00
Daniel (the kid) Levy $100.00
Eileen O'Reilly $100.00
Odile Helali $100.00
Charly levy $100.00
Suzi and David $100.00
KC Kleinman $100.00
Julia Heit $60.00
Charli Long $50.00
Seth Tuler $50.00
Carol Howard $50.00
Don andDebbie Shulman $36.00
Dayna Harrison $26.20
Connie Corbett $26.20
Toby Mcginn $26.00
Keri $22.22
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